The Northern chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has strongly condemned the killing of an Igbo market woman, Mrs Bridget Agbahime, accused of blaspheming Prophet Mohammed in Kano State.
The Christian body observed that the killing of Christians using flimsy excuses was unacceptable. The Northern CAN warned that such act, which it described as barbaric must henceforth stop.
They urged the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje and Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi to call their people to order.
“Why must it always be Kano State. This is not telling good of the state known to be a commercial city,” the Public Relations Officer of Northern CAN, Reverend John Hayab, told newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday in reaction to the incident.
Hayab noted that information made available to the group indicated that the late Mrs Agbahime was deliberately killed.
The Northern CAN, also called on the police to at all times, carry out their constitutonal role of safeguarding the lives and properties of Nigerians without fear or favour.
The CAN’s spokesman said: “We got it on good authority that the slained woman never blasphemed the Prophet Mohammed. That the mastermind of the killing, was fond of always provoking the deceased and so, on that fateful day, we learnt, the said man was doing ablution in front of the woman’s shop and was cautioned. That was all. The man raised the alarm that she blasphemed Prophet Mohammed.”
The cleric added: “The man deliberately provoked the woman in question just to carry out that gruesome and barbaric acts.
“We are saying the mere arrest of the key suspect of this barbaric act was not enough. All those that perpetuated the killing of the innocent woman must be fished out and brought to book.
“The state government must go further than this and the Emir of Kano and all well- meaning citizens of Kano must come out and condemned it. This is not telling good of the area (Kano).
“We are committed to peace and stability of this country. We can’t understand why our people should be killed on flimsy excuse(s).”